Living in Complacency
August 3, 2021

Today’s Devotional: “Living in Complacency”

Complacency means a feeling of contentment or self-satisfaction coupled with an unawareness of danger. It’s feeling satisfied with yourself and your achievements no matter what else may be happening.

Solomon calls complacency foolishness that leads to a person’s eventually destruction.

“The complacency of fools will destroy them.” (Proverbs 1:32)

We see complacency on the part of Israel right after their victory over the city of Jericho. Jericho was a strong and well-fortified city, beyond the ability of Israel to conquer. But following the Lord’s instruction, and by faith, the walls of Jericho came tumbling down.

Next was the city of Ai. Israel, however, was feeling confident seeing how Jericho fell so easily, a larger and stronger city than puny little Ai.

They said, “It’s a small town, and it won’t take more than two or three thousand of us to destroy it. There’s no need for all of us to go there.” (Joshua 7:3)

They were self-confident, and thus completely unaware of the danger of not consulting the Lord before the battle. So, they sent just 3,000 men to conquer the city, and they were soundly defeated.

They thought they didn’t have to bother God on this one. They got complacent, and because of that, along with Achan’s sin of not following the Lord’s directions concerning Jericho’s spoils, they were defeated, not once, but twice.

That’s what happens when we live a smug self-satisfied life thinking we’re safe. We become complacent thinking that everything is okay, and so we don’t go to God and get His take on the situations we face.

We don’t read God’s word because we go to church on Sunday. We don’t take time to pray and listen to God because others, like preachers and teachers, are doing that for us. And because things are running smoothly, we’re completely unaware of the trials coming our way.

And so, living a complacent life is living life under the bar. It’s not living life to God’s full potential.

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